Carrie Hall


Lillian B. Lawler Fellow
CL 609-N


Before coming to Pitt, I got an MFA in Fiction and certificates in Teaching Composition and Teaching Postsecondary Reading from San Francisco State University and then taught Basic Skills Reading and Writing and transfer-level Comp at community colleges throughout the Bay Area. I decided to pursue a PhD in order to investigate ways of understanding student resistance to reading and writing, especially among “at-risk” or first generation college students. I’m currently interested in the issue of boredom—what students mean when they say they are bored, what can be done about it, and how it can be seen as an obstacle to be overcome as opposed to a barrier to learning.